College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

LAAB Public Information

Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board

The Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture (PSLA) at the University of Maryland offers two professional degrees in Landscape Architecture accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). Both the undergraduate BLA and graduate MLA degrees meet the academic requirements for licensure.

Landscape Architecture Fact Sheet 2017-2018

Quicklinks: Prospective Students | Expenses | Student Demographics | Academic Progress | Student Recognition | Graduation Time to Degree | Alumni Achievement

Prospective Students

University of Maryland Landscape Architecture has over 300 alums. They are employed in a variety of private and public organization across the region, nation, and world. 

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) at Maryland are accredited first professional degree programs. Students have travelled to Italy, New Zealand and Costa Rica. Students have also interned in firms across Maryland and the nation- primarily the East Coast.

The BLA normally takes four years (eight semesters), plus one summer internship or study abroad, to complete. BLA students may enter as freshmen or transfer into the second year of the program. Admission is based on grades, test scores, and academic coursework. For more information please see Prospective Undergrad Students.

The MLA is a three-year (six semester), accredited program. Those who enter with a BLA degree complete a two-year degree program. MLA students who enter with a BSAS or BArch degree usually require two-and-one-half years (five semesters). Requirements for MLA admission include a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate GPA, satisfactory GRE scores, a portfolio and references. International students must demonstrate a minimum level of English proficiency of minimum 100 TOEFL. For more information please see Prospective Graduate Students


Costs for a full-time BLA student for academic year 2017-2018 

  • $5,199.50 per semester for Resident full-time undergraduate students
  • $16,803.00 per semester for Non-Resident full-time undergraduate students
  • Add $1,400.00 Differential tuition per semester for full-time juniors and seniors majoring in Business, Engineering, and Computer Science regardless of residency

Mandatory Student Health Insurance Plan

Room, Telecommunications and Cable Fee

  • $3,595.00 per semester for a traditional double room with air conditioning (default used for Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid calculations).
  • Room amounts vary from $2,979.50 per semester up to $4,644.50 per semester based upon amenities and occupancy. A surcharge may apply for such items as a single room, a room with air conditioning, room with private bath. A discount may apply for triple or quad rooms, double room without air conditioning or structural triple. For more details, visit Resident Life Housing Fees


  • $2,606.00 per semester for the Premium Plan
  • $2,550.00 per semester for the Preferred Plan
  • $2,446.00 per semester for the Base Plus Plan
  • $2,266.00 per semester for the Base Plan
  • Add $60.00 to all the above plans for the Fall Welcome fee (New students - fall only)
  • For more options, visit Dining Services
Golden ID Fees
(Pricing is based upon Part-time Undergraduate Fees.)
  • $232.50 (Shuttle Bus, Stamp Student Union & Recreational Building)
  • $22.50 (Auxiliary Facilities Fee & Academic Service Fee)
Maryland English Institute Fees
  • $250.00 - Activity Fee (UMEI 001-004)
  • $6,222.00 - UMEI-001-004 Intensive Program
  • $4,812.00 - UMEI-005 ($6,165.00 for Graduates)
  • $2,055.00 - UMEI-006
  • $3,083.00 - UMEI-007
  • $2,055.00 - UMEI-008

Costs for a full-time MLA student for academic year 2017-2018

  • Graduate Tuition (Resident) = $683.00 per credit (There is not a cap or flat rate for tuition) 
  • Graduate Tuition (Non-Resident) = $1,474.00 per credit (There is not a cap or flat rate for tuition) 
  • Mandatory Fees (Part-time) = $440.50 flat rate charge (1 - 8 credits) 
  • Mandatory Fees (Full-time) = $795.00 flat rate charge (9 or more credits) 

Effective Fall 2017, the University of Maryland (UMD) will charge a fee of $125.00 per semester for all newly enrolled, full time international students; students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. Part time students will be assessed $62.50 per semester. UMD will use the revenue from this fee to enhance support for our international students, improved academic support, expanded assistance for students transitioning to the U.S. and international student-focused cultural events to foster an engaged, supportive community.

For most up-to-date information please visit the Office of the Bursar's Tuition, Fees, and Other Expenses page.

Student Demographics Fall 2017

  • BLA    52% female, 48% male
  • MLA    68% female, 32% male

For more information please visit: Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment.

Academic Progress

BLA students must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 GPA (4.0 scale). At the completion of the sophomore year, BLA students must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA in their required landscape architecture coursework to proceed to the junior year of the program. Students failing to meet these requirements are placed on academic probation and have one semester in which to improve their GPA's. All 2017 sophomores that continued in the LARC program met the 2.0 GPA requirement. BLA students may study abroad for one semester and stay in sequence/graduate in the normal expected time.

MLA students are expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale). Those who fail to meet this requirement are placed on academic probation and have one semester in which to improve their GPA's.

Student Recognition

BLA and MLA students receive scholarships, travel awards and other recognition.

2016 Student Recent National Design Awards

2015 Student Recent National Design Awards

2014 Student Recent National Design Awards

  • FIRST PLACE: 2014 (announced in 2015), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Campus Rainworks Student Competition Challenge,
  • FIRST PLACE: 2014, Sustainable Maryland Growth Challenge, First Place.
    • Received from the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission for the LARC748 Special Topics Studio Project on Oxford, MD Sea Level Change Design Investigations (selected class project submission). Some of the projects may be seen here.
  • FIRST PLACE: Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition!
    • MLA student Amina Mohamed, (BLA 2012) was part of a team that also included Andrew Casavant (Master of Community Planning and BLA 2010 alum), David Ensor (Master of Architecture), Matthew Miller (Master of Architecture), and Rameez Munawar, (Master of Real Estate Development). (For more information see: ULI Awards.)
  • FIRST PLACE: MD Sustainable Growth Challenge
  • Honorable Mention: EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge
    • Participants: Nancy Britt, Travis Wierengo, Shoshanah Haberman (PSLA) and Jaison Renkenberger (Civil and Environmental Engineering). In addition to Jaison, Claire Muerdter, and Caleb Hii from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering also served as co-collaborators and provided input to three team submissions.

About half of incoming and current MLA students receive assistantships which provide from at least one year of funding (tuition remission plus benefits).

Graduation and Time to Degree

14 BLA degrees were conferred in the Spring of 2014, 19 in 2013, 14 in 2012, 17 in 2011, and 18 in 2010. Mean semesters to degree was 8.7 for those graduated in 2013. It was 9 semesters for 2012 graduates and 8.9 for those who graduated in 2011 and 2010. The higher number of semesters (> 8) reflects the large enrollment of transfer students, many of whom complete more than one year of college prior entering the program.

8 MLA degrees were conferred in the Spring of 2014, 10 in 2013, 9 in 2012, and 2 in 2011. Mean semesters to degree was 4.9 for those graduating in 2013. It was 5.5 semesters for 2012 graduates, 5.1 for those who graduated in 2011, and 7 for 2010 graduates.

Alumni Achievement

Recent firms that have hired or provided internships for both BLA and MLA students can be found on our Recent Participating Firms page.

The majority of our recent BLA graduates are employed in private practice. One of our students completed her service in the Peace Corps and begins graduate studies in the Fall 2014. The majority (63%) of recent 2013 BLA graduates are employed in the private sector. Two graduates are employed with non-profits, one graduate with a public institution, and another student is pursuing graduate studies. In addition, many BLA graduates are very active in MDASLA leadership roles. 

The majority (80%) of recent 2013 MLA graduates are employed in the private sector. Private sector local firms include Parker Rodriguez Inc and Campion Hruby Landscape Architects.  Some of our recent international students practice in China. One student (10%) is employed in the public sector and one student (10%) is employed with a non-profit - Neighborhood Design Center.  In addition, many 2013 MLA graduates are very active in MDASLA leadership roles.

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